Wole Soyinka: Biafra Is An Idea That Dare Not Challenge The Sovereignty Of Nigeria

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December 10, 2015 – Wole Soyinka: Biafra Is An Idea That Dare Not Challenge The Sovereignty Of Nigeria

Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, yesterday spoke frankly on the agitation in the South East and declared that Biafra cannot be defeated.

Soyinka added that the agitation did not come to him as a surprise.

He also defended his choice of President Muhammadu Buhari as a better candidate, in the last presidential contest between him and former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking on Channels Television last night, Soyinka said agitation for Biafra will never go away as Biafra is an idea.

He said: “I remember I wrote an article during the war and I said at that time that Biafra cannot be defeated. People misunderstood what I was saying. I said once an idea has taken hold, you cannot destroy that idea. You may destroy the people that carry the idea on the battlefield, but, ultimately, it is not the end of the story.”

He said instead of government issuing threats to Biafran agitators, it should rather go to the South East and find out why they are agitating for another country and see what it could do to remedy the situation.

“Go into that environment and ask what are those things we can do to make you content, to make you feel part of this entity. Listen to some other Biafrans and ask them why they want to stay. But, don’t go around saying ‘the sovereignty of this country is indivisible, it is not negotiable.’ That type of language would only make matters worse,” Soyinka said.

He added that the agitation for Biafra has made it imperative for Nigerians to take yet another look at restructuring the country.

On Buhari’s election, Soyinka said his preference for the president, during electioneering, was borne out of his conviction that he was a better candidate. He said the situation in the country was such that he reckoned that another four years of Jonathan could be disastrous for the country.

“At that time, we had reached the bottom. I believed that if the country underwent another four years under Jonathan, we could be in trouble. I then looked at Buhari. I talked to people They said he had changed.”

He said he had weighed the options, knowing that the negatives on Buhari were his excesses.

“I don’t like people who just jail others. Very reluctantly, I weighed the option and was convinced that the country would be better under Buhari,” he said.

The Nobel Laureate said his conviction was based on the fact that Buhari could not be worse than Abacha, declaring: “I said if he deviated, we will fight him. Look at what is coming out , the rot. You can see we didn’t make a mistake.”

[Reported By Doris Obinna, Daily Sun]

11 thoughts on “Wole Soyinka: Biafra Is An Idea That Dare Not Challenge The Sovereignty Of Nigeria

  1. You said the truth prof few of the rascals are wasting their time. I married one of their daughters she has a heart of gold so they are not all bad

  2. Baba prof, every ethnic group in Nigeria has similar idea, but they know the irreparable consequences of such sick move. I don’t know how Nigeria will allow island nation within its border; we are not SeneGambia. Only the elite in Iboland will make it ,the rest will be indiscriminately humiliated by their myopic leaders. All the old ones who had served Nigeria well( civil servants) will loose their rights, entitlements and ultimately, their lives. Yoruba folks do not pay much emphasis on national posts, but rather individual development. America is very strong because of this belief, marginalization has been with us since the fall of Adam and evil and will continue because the devil cannot afford or will tolerate peaceful human existence. Even if Biafra is achieved, there will be fresh marginalization cacophony within; Enugu ibos would say they have more Army Generals, and English professors than rest, then the Imo Ibos would accuse them of not having sufficient business minds and so on.

  3. Kingsley Ogubor, it is true what they say. You children agitating don’t know history at all. Imagine you asking if the picture was photoshopped. We won’t answer you, go and ask your parent the relationship btw soyinka and Ojukwu. All these mis-informed,biased, tribalist,self-centred,children clamouring for rubbish. I pity una.

  4. Kingsley Ogubor, it is true what they say. You children agitating don’t know history at all. Imagine you asking if the picture was photoshopped. We won’t answer you, go and ask your parent the relationship btw soyinka and Ojukwu. All these mis-informed,biased, tribalist,self-centred,children clamouring for rubbish. I pity una.

  5. You are right sir God Bless u and ur family. The fact about this country is that people know the truth but they dont want to speak out.

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